Brew Day: Vestigial Bitter

Today I continue my mission to rid myself of some leftover brewing ingredients, before they go off.   The second recipe in this quest is a common English bitter – and unlike my Überschuss European Ale, this one is pretty much by-the-book.

The brew session went without hiccup.  Hit of OG right on, colour looks good, smells good too.  Despite the 30C temps, I managed to re-do all of the hangers in my garage during the boil – AKA multitasking!  It’ll be a few weeks until we know the real story (about the beer; the garage is fine), but I have high hopes.

No pictures from today’s brew session – but you will find the recipe below the fold.

Vestigial Bitter

Recipe Specifications

Boil Size: 27.31 l
Post Boil Volume: 21.84 l
Batch Size (fermenter): 20.00 l   
Bottling Volume: 19.50 l
Estimated OG: 1.035 SG
Estimated Color: 5.1 SRM
Estimated IBU: 32.8 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 68.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 71.4 %
Boil Time: 90 Minutes


Amt       Name                              Type    %/IBU
3.00 kg   Pale Malt (2 Row) US              Grain   87.2 %
0.30 kg   Barley, Flaked (1.7 SRM)          Grain   8.7 %
0.14 kg   Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L        Grain   4.1 %
15.00 g   Nugget [13.00 %] - Boil 90.0 min   Hop    30.9 IBUs
1.00 tsp  Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 mins)       Fining
10.00 g   Cascade [6.40 %] - Boil 5.0 min    Hop    1.9 IBUs
1.0 pkg   SafAle English Ale (#S-04) Yeast

Mash Schedule:

Single Infusion, Light Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 3.44 kg
Name      Description                     Temp      Time
Mash In   Add 9.22 l of water at 71.7 C   64.4 C    75 min


Batch sparge with 2 steps (Drain mash tun, , 21.79l) of 75.6 C water

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